The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Monet painting to fetch £29m at auction

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One of Claude Monet’s “monumental” Water Lilies paintings will go under the hammer in New York for an estimate in the region of $40 million (£29m).

Le Bassin Aux Nympheas has been described by auction house Sotheby’s as “among the most iconic and celebrated Impression­ist images”.

The 40in by 79in canvas, from 1917-19, is part of the famous Grandes Decoration­s series of paintings depicting Monet’s water lily pond at Giverny, which he began in 1914.

The series was ground-breaking in its nearly abstract treatment of the pond water’s surface and its reflection­s, taking Monet’s paintings of the tranquil lily pond in a radical new direction, and the works were twice the size of his earlier Water Lilies.

The late works are considered a bridge between Impression­ism and Abstract Expression­ism, as practised generation­s later by artists such as Jackson Pollock.

It will be part of the Impression­ist & Modern Art Evening Sale on May 12 and will go on view in Taipei on April 26 before returning to Sotheby’s New York galleries for exhibition by appointmen­t in May.

Julian Dawes, co-head of Sotheby’s Impression­ist and Modern Art department in New York, said: “We are extremely excited to bring such an illustriou­s picture to market.”

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Artist Claude Monet.

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